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Oath of Gold (The Deed of Paksenarrion #3)

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,934 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
Paksenarrion — Paks for short — was somebody special. Never could she have followed her father’s orders and married the pig farmer down the road. Better a soldier’s life than a pigfarmer’s wife, and so, though she knew that she could never go home again, Paks ran away to be a soldier. And so began an adventure destined to transform a simple sheepfarmer’s daughter into a he ...more
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Published November 15th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published 1989)
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Jun 19, 2015 JAIME rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I LOVED this series. The world building was wonderful, the characters were compelling, and I cried. A LOT.

Poor old Paks goes through many trials before the completion of this trilogy - many of which were painful to read but were completely necessary as both an affirmation to Paks as a character and me, as a reader - that Paks absolutely deserves to be the hero in this story.



So why the four stars? I took one off because the ending felt rushed and left me feeling unsatisfied. Like
Mike (the Paladin)
The completion of what to my mind is one of the best epic fantasy trilogies of all time. It compares well to LotR and I can't recommend it highly enough. I gave a longer review of the omnibus edition The Deed of Paksenarrion, check it out if you like. I love these books and can't recommend them highly enough.

This book continuing to tell of the "deed" of Paksenarrion culminates in another series of events that are so well written that they can be very, very hard to read. I've read some who were g
(given this is book 3 in a series, it might contain some mild spoilers, consider yourself warned)

I was psyched to start this book: At the end of book 2, we went somewhere peculiar and unexpected and Paksenarrion could be found at the metaphorical rock bottom of the ocean. The first half was (by far) the best part of the book: Paks struggling to get through the days, her finding her way back to Brewersbridge and getting helped by my favourite Kuakgan. That whole part was actually really cool.

Feb 16, 2012 Carol. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic fantasy fans
Very good, brought the series together wonderfully (almost as if it was fated); I just could have done without (view spoiler) You know the one, the Giant Metaphor Scene. It became a little too Epic. Loved the character development and the deeper insight into the lives of the citizens.

Will have to revisit the review after a re-read.
May 07, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
More of the great re-reading kick. I've re-read this trilogy a couple times--this time, I just skipped to my favorite book of the three.

Paks is a fabulous character. She's incredibly human--her strengths and flaws are far more subtle than most authors manage to accomplish. She grows up over the course of the three books, but keeps her essential nature. She's loyal and good-hearted, but headstrong and not exactly the cleverest. Not annoying dumb, but she has a certain simplicity that begins as n
Mike (the Paladin)
The completion of what to my mind is one of the best epic fantasy trilogies of all time. It compares well to LotR and I can't recommend it highly enough. I gave a longer review of the omnibus edition The Deed of Paksenarrion, check it out if you like. I love these books and can't recommend them highly enough.

This book following the "deed" of Paksenarrion culminates in another series of events that are so well written that they can be very, very hard to read
(in that it can be disturbing). I've re
Oct 30, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
No Spoilers.

This trilogy wraps up very nicely as Paks, our heroine, discovers her true self, powers and, purpose as more is discovered of plot and further character development of our main players is uncovered, including their pasts with some plot twits thrown in.

This is a satisfying series in the traditional sense, and I highly recommend this trilogy. I only wish our author would write more of this character, although there is a series of books in the same world, where Paks has only a supportin
So very good. I highly recommend this series.
Aug 08, 2013 Tish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome series! The first two books were very good, 4 stars, but this last book really upped the level, so that I'd give the series as a whole 5 stars. No more meandering! We get right to it. The world-building is very detailed and the characters are developed to the point where you really care about them. Paks, the main character, grows tremendously throughout the series, which I always appreciate.

Some additional things that point to a well-written book are that while the plot was rather predic
Jeremy Preacher
Oath of Gold is by far the plottiest book in a trilogy that tends towards the episodic. Almost (but not quite) from the beginning, the adventures all center around Duke Phelan and his heritage, as discovered and restored by Paks. It's stronger for it - less of a history and more of a story, even if a bit on the shopworn side. Even when it was written, lost princes and magic swords were not exactly fresh. But it does a decent job of bringing together many disparate threads and is generally satisf ...more
Book three of the trilogy, and this book simultaneously has some of the best bits and some of the worst bits.

Best: the whole first part, wherein a broken Paksenarrion finds her way back to Brewersbridge. The sensitivity of the writing in this part is always a huge pleasure to read. Her fear, her phobia and illness, both mental and physical, is so perfectly portrayed in just the right words.

As soon as Paks is with the rangers in the Ladysforest the shortcomings of this volume make themselves felt
Oct 09, 2014 Douglas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone if they read the first two books first.
Recommended to Douglas by: Amanda
I take what I said about the ending of the last book back. In fact, it was perfect for this conclusion. In fact, this has been one of the best conclusions to a trilogy I've read in a while. Overall, it takes elements from the previous two and ties them all together to make a great story in three parts.

Paks grows considerably as a character, and her final trial is both painful to read yet almost had me standing up and cheering at its conclusion. How she persevered through it is a succinct and per
The final book of the Deeds of Paskenarrion series, this covers Paks from the time she left Fin Panir, a "coward" unable to face anything and finds herself back with Master Oakhollow in Brewersbridge. We then get to go along with her adventures with the elvish and other adventures as she evolves into her paladin's form and then undertakes the quests she must complete.

I think the only part of the book I found mildly annoying was that as soon as Paks figured out what her "quest" was, I had it solv
Nov 24, 2014 papasteve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is one of the favorites of my son-in-law, Nic; so I had to read it to find out why he likes it so much, even to the point of rereading it several times. I really liked the books, although not at first. The story line was OK at first--nothing that throws you on a wild roller coaster and takes you for a ride. That's not why you read this series of books. What has to catch you, and what finally caught me, is do you care about the main character, Paks, and what happens to her. I, s-l-o-w ...more
Chad Warner
Mar 22, 2015 Chad Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chad by: Topher DeRosia
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
The fantasy quest achieves a much grander scale here than the previous two books in the trilogy (Sheepfarmer's Daughter and Divided Allegiance). It has a more complex and compelling plot, and more action and adventure. The tale involves loyalty, faith, mystery, magic, and clashes of good and evil.

(view spoiler)

I'm a huge fan of J.R.R. Tol
Sep 22, 2011 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant finale to a tale that has picked up pace from the very beginning, like a growing tidal wave it has picked up pace and strength and built and built and built till this stunning finish. This book captivated me from the start and I read six hours straight from the moment I picked it up, then only stopping when I was too tired to continue, starting up again the moment that I awoke. I must have read this in 7 hours tops reading time, it was one of those books that once you pick it ...more
Pauline Ross
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This is the third in the ‘Deed of Paksenarrion’ trilogy. The first described how Paks left her home to become a mercenary in Duke Phelan’s company, and was a very down-to-earth story of a soldier’s training and campaigns. The second book saw Paks take off on her own and be sucked into various disconnected enterprises. This book was very disjointed, and heavy on conventional fantasy elements, but the ending raised it above the ordinary. And then there’s this. How to describe so
Feb 03, 2011 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Final book in the Deed Of Paskenarrion original trilogy.

After the events of the last book, Paks is at an all time low. She returns to the town of Brewersbridge where she spent so much time after leaving the Duke's Company. But even though people there would know her and welcome her, she still shies away from people. Instead she is in so much despair that she finds herself in need of serious help. She does receive it from a earlier character who manages to hep her to return to herself in a gradu
Debbie Means
Mar 24, 2014 Debbie Means rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled across this trilogy and decided to give it a shot. I wasn't disappointed. Paksenarrion was the daughter of a Sheepfarmer who dared to dream big. Unlike a lot of stories, Paks wasn't always perfect and wasn't immediately successful. However, her many trials and challenges only made her better because she allowed herself to learn from them rather than be destroyed by them. A good lesson for us all.
Sep 04, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this thrilling conclusion to the Paksenarrion trilogy, Paks is redeemed from her low state at the conclusion of the last book with the help of a Kuakgan priest. She reunites with the elves and then goes on a quest that involves her in politics. The religious symbolism continues to be central to this book, but it doesn't really seem to be pushing any specific set of religious beliefs... perhaps a somewhat atheistic (anti-organized relgion) worldview. It really does explore the nature of herois ...more
Aug 30, 2015 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun series, and i'm really glad i got to read these books. This final book started out amazingly well, the first two thirds were hands down some of the best sequences in the whole trilogy. My only minor quibble was that the ending felt rushed and the big reveal was actually ridiculously predictable. I kinda got the impression that i was supposed to be shocked when the identity of a certain character was finally explained, but i'd figured it out at the first mention of this myst ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, grown-up-books
Same audio narrator as prior book, same feelings about her (good, not the best ever, but good.) As hoped, Paks experiences much healing and redemption in this book. She returns to prior locations where she had successes and developed relationships (I find the Goodreads description of this book overly vague, so FYI she returns to Brewer's Bridge as well as Phaelen's (no idea how to spell that since I'm listening to the series on audio) company stronghold in the north and other locales in between. ...more
Aug 24, 2014 Shoshana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy
Thoroughly enjoyed! I had only made it through this one once as a teenager, so it was particularly cool to rediscover. Paks comes into her own and faces the enormous and painful odds we've seen coming for the whole trilogy. Also, the Duke is awesome and I still totally love him so much.

My only major complaint about these books is how freaking shitty the map is. I understand that in the sequels and prequels, which I've never read but hope to read soon, the map situation is no better. Poor effort
Jun 14, 2014 Mariah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Paks is a wonderful, amazingly brave person and I wish I could meet her one day. Her growing strength with the Kuakgan is a wonderful thing to behond. I think the Kuakgan is my favorite character in the entire series, well, behind Paks of course. When she leaves him I became a little bit sad but that is okay for her life with the rangers was also interesting. She's slowly coming into powers she didn't believe she would ever acquire and to experience these events with her feels like I am experien ...more
Apr 20, 2014 HeavyReader rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to HeavyReader by: Michael McClung
Shelves: fantasy, found
The last book from The Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy that I remembered reading thanks to help from the What's the Name of That Book??? group. Here's the link to the thread that solved my mystery:

Reader Beware: this book and review may be triggering.

I am almost sure this is the book where Paksenarrion is (view spoiler)
Aug 16, 2015 Nic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The amazing conclusion of the Deed of Paksenarrion. It begins precisely where you hope it would and ends where Paks needed to be. I hope they make this a tv show someday. I can't stop re-reading this series.

May 22, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was more compelling than the one before it, and there's something about the protagonist that makes you want to root for her. The closer I got to the end of the book, however, the more Christian the story began to feel. The protagonist's journey, which might have been a hero's journey, seemed to turn into more the journey of a saint, and it made me want to put down the book and walk away. It felt a bit better by the end of the book, and I'm glad I finished it, but I was oddly bothered b ...more
Tony Hisgett
Jul 17, 2015 Tony Hisgett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this book and unlike many modern fantasy novels I didn’t feel depressed after finishing the final book in a series.

Having just completed all three books, these comments are really about the whole trilogy rather than just this book.
This is an old school fantasy and if I had read it 20 or 30 years ago I would have absolutely loved it. So does this mean that I didn’t, actually no, I thought it was a great series. I think there are some problems with the first book being too long a
Jul 16, 2015 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, strong-woman
This is the last book of the Paks triology. It started great with Paks being healed and once again proving herself. She has matured nicely into her role as Palladin. The quest to find the lost Prince (now King) was a bit too predictable for me (perhaps because I knew who it was since mistakenly reading Oath of Fealty out of order). But I do like the characters and watching Paks in her new role was interesting. I did not, however, need 5 days of torture to appreciate that she had matured and over ...more
Emily (BellaGrace)
MEH... so over this series. These books came off very "young adult" to me - and I feel that might even be too disparaging to young adult literature. Let me save you the trouble of reading these three books. Here's the entire series in a nutshell:

A Tolkien ripped off world, meets utter cliche and predictability. Mary Sue hero gets herself into a constant stream of dangerous and ridiculous situations, endures hardships and comes out all (literally) shining and bright. No one is ever in any danger.
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Elizabeth Moon was born March 7, 1945, and grew up in McAllen, Texas, graduating from McAllen High School in 1963. She has a B.A. in History from Rice University (1968) and another in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) with graduate work in Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

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